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program. obama finally gets his man. the u.s. senate confirms chuck hagel. what increased demand for cocoanuts has failed to bear fruit for indonesia as farmers. pope benedict xvi is making his final appearance in st. peter's square as the roman catholic pope -- his final appearance in at st. peter's square. he is the first pope in 600 years to resign. >> in these recent months, i felt my weakening strength. i prayed and asked for in light meant to make the right decision for the good of the church. >> barbara, amid the huge outpouring of affection from the faithful gathered there. >> absolutely. a lot of people have turned out to say goodbye to pope benedict xvi. 50,000 tickets were sold. it is more likely that there are about 150,000 people around the vatican and the main road that leads to it. people are still walking towards st. peter's square, but they're being redirected to other parts around the square where there are big screens where they can watch the pope. nothing compared to the figures of the people we saw for the funeral of john paul back in 2005. that was a funeral
of venus. >>> at any moment newly minted defense secretary chuck hagel will make his first speech to the staff at the pentagon since taking office early this morning. hagel was sworn in at a private ceremony after an unusually tough confirmation fight, which ended in a 58-41 vote. hagel overcame a republican-led filibuster by members of his own party who never forgave his criticism of the iraq war. let me bring in republican strategist and former santorum senior strategist and nbc col n columnist and contributing editor for the hill. good morning. he has to confront a staggering $46 billion in cuts to military spending which are set to begin tomorrow. he's got his work cut out for him. >> he really does. part of the reason the president selected chuck hagel was knowing going forward the defense department would have to undergo cuts anyhow. obviously the sequester makes that a lot tougher process because it is, you know, these cuts are much less strategic obviously than what we would have preferred. he also comes in after having a tough few weeks, a little bloodied i think and som
for at the supreme court. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> hagel's in. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews back in washington. let me start tonight with this. we can usually tell when a political party has gone off the deep end. republicans did it with goldwater, democrats with mcgovern. fdr did it when he tried to pack the supreme court. republicans did it when they impeached bill clinton. so let's talk about this grand standing, hula hooping bonanza of bs the republicans have thrown at chuck hagel. look at the list of gop senators who voted today again to continue the filibuster against the president's nominee for secretary of defense. barrasso, enzi, mcconnell, roberts, boozman, grassley, heller, hoeven, inhofe, i.c.sa c isaacson, rubio, scott, tumyi, wicker. all these republicans voted today against having a vote on hagel. they did so after it was clear there would be a vote today. they did it to put themselves on record to undermine the functions of the government. they did it to put themselves on record for no better reason
. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> the u.s. senate has confirmed chuck hagel as secretary of defense. a bloc of republicans had opposed nomination of their former colleague, but they gave in in the end. president barack obama nominated hagel last month. republicans criticized statements hagel had made in the past about iran and israel. and they questioned his qualifications for the post. this time some of them gave their approval. they agreed drawing out the process would not help national security. hagel is expected to get down to work later in the day. he'll have to turn his attention to the pentagon budget and how to manage billions of dollars' worth of cuts. >>> a rocket fired from gaza has exploded in southern israel. it's the first attack since november, when the israeli military agreed to a cease-fire with the islamic fundamentalist group hamas. police in israel say no one was hurt. they suspect the palestinian militant group other than hamas may be responsible. the israeli military did not retaliate. tensions are rising in gaza and the west bank. the death of a palestinian inmate over the weekend sent palestin
. >> ifill: then, we get the latest on the senate vote to confirm former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> woodruff: ray suarez talks with marcia coyle about today's supreme court arguments over getting a d.n.a. sample from a suspect who was arrested but not convicted of a crime. >> ifill: special correspondent kira kay previews next week's presidential contest in kenya, where memories linger from the violence that followed the 2007 elections. >> we talk about people dead. i think if you count it over time and those who don't know it's probably around 2,000. massive, huge kills. we were on the brink of civil war. >> woodruff: and we close with a conversation with gloria steinem about the women's movement and the pbs documentary, "makers: women who make america." >> we have realized that a majority of americans fully agree that women can do what men can do but we haven't yet realized that men can do what women do. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the
senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. >> 12 days later, nothing, nothing has changed. senator hagel's exemplary record of service to his country remains untarnished. >> woodruff: in short, senate majority leader harry reid said, chuck hagel should have been confirmed before the president's day recess. at the time, the senate's 55 democrats could not get the 60 votes needed to end a republican filibuster against fellow republican hagel. democrat dick durbin of illinois condemned the g.o.p. opposition today. >> there's no question that there are some who bear some negative feelings torgd chuck hagel because of his independence and some of his votes in the past, even his support of president obama in the last presidential election. but this has been taken to a level that i never expected. >> woodruff: still mississippi's roger wicker and other republicans charged again that hagel is too willing to compromise with iran. and too willing to criticize israel. >> either we should disregard everything that the senator has said and stood for as merely hyperbole or this is a nom
the reputation of chuck hagel for awhile. even after it was inevitable. they kept it up just to screw up the government, hurt its functioning, and smear a man. those are the facts. we'll document them. >>> finally kfc or chick-fil-a, bagels and croissants or doughnuts? are you what you eat? what you eat may be determined by who you vote for. isn't that interesting? we'll show the parallel how we go to fast food stores and vote. this is "hardball," the place for politics. when they tell you that you need your oil changed you got to bring it in. if your tires need to be rotated, you have to get that done as well. jackie, tell me why somebody should bring they're car here to the ford dealership for service instead of any one of those other places out there. they are going to take care of my car because this is where it came from. price is right no problem, they make you feel like you're a family. get a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation and much more, $29.95 after $10.00 rebate. if you take care of your car your car will take care of you. overmany discounts to thine customers! [old e
-span. >> coming up tonight, the senate approved chuck hagel to be that next defense secretary. after that, republican leaders spoke of the upcoming budget cuts, known as a sequestration. president obama is in newport news, virginia and talks about the effects of sequestration would have on them middle-class. -- on the middle class. the senate voted to confirm senator chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. the final vote was 58-41 with four republicans joining 52 democrats and two independents in voting aye. next, the 25 minute debate on the senate floor. >> it is now time for us to vote up or down on the nomination for many reasons. the nomination has been before us now inadequate time to get the information which our colleagues have asked for. there is also the looming fact of sequestration. we need to have a secretary of defense who is not only in office, but whose leadership is not in limbo, but is there. our troops need it. their families needed. our country needs it. we have 66,000 military arsenal in harms way in afghanistan. the president of afghanistan has directed the united
. >> the couple is expected to reach the border of ecuador today. >> in 3 hours chuck hagel will become the nation's defense secretary. senators narrowly approved hagel's nomination 58-41 this after a historic nomination fight where hagel became the first cabinet pick to become filibustered. all but four voted against him. president obama says hagel is the right man for the job. >> the time right now 14 after the hour. still to come our live coverage pope benedict xvi final public appearance continues. >> so they didn't actually come to republicans are outraged he left for a campaign style speech on seek station with days left to try to stop the cut. peter doocy is live with an update for us on that. >> good morning patti ann. senior administration officials are telling us since sequestration cuts will be let out it won't be held until late march or early april. they believe juanes that happens republicans will wind up kaying and giving the president the higher tax rates he wants just like they did during the fiscal cliff debate. this came hours after president obama took his message to new port n
voting to confirm former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary, the final vote 58-front, with 4 republicans joining democrats in backing president obama's nominee. this month they were questioning his support for israel, hagel overcame the opposition will now successed to leon panetta. lori: and today, senate finance committee voted to approve his nomination, a full senate vote could happen tomorrow, lou is to win confirmation to succeed treasury secretary geithner. >> the u.s. and other major world powers holding nuclear talks with iran today, for first time since june. offering to ease economic sanctions if iran agrees to stop enriching uranium, john kerry warning there could be terrible consequences it talks fail. >> joining me now kt mcfarland. and eli lake. this is our foreign policy download, chuck hagel, new defense secretary, known to be in his past, soft on iran, in his policy. beginning with you, with iran and the news, and talk of lessening sanctions if they come to the table and stop with the uraiuranium enrichment? >> i think what secretary kerry said, dire conseque
hagel finally takes over as defense chief. >> i will do everything in my power to be the kind of leader that you expect and you deserve. also, the kind of leader the country expects and deserves. >>> john kerry takes paris. [ speaking foreign language ] >> not bad at all. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington in english today. the historic voting rights act could be in danger as a number of supreme court justices overturned the 1965 law. nbcs justice correspondent pete williams joins me now from the supreme court. pete, from the arguments today, what is your impression of what way the court might be moving? >> well, you know, the court didn't come with a blank slate. four years ago, the court looked at the same question and laid down a marker. we were watching to see if the justices that were skeptical then changed their mind? the answer is no. five votes to strike down a key part of the voting rights act. it's a law that requires states with a history of discrimination to get permission before they make changes in how they change their elections. strike down a companion part of w
the sequester from kicking in? on other news chuck hagel has been confirmed as the next secretary of state. pat roberts warns there could be demons from the clothes you buy from thrift stores. watch out. all right. all of that's come up and a whole lot more but first the latest. here she is with today's current news update, our good friend lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning to you. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. dc is unveiling a new statue of rosa parks today. : this will be the first full-size depiction of any african-american. the capitol does have busts of martin luther king, jr. and sew journer truth. congressional's leaders are saying it's a watershednent our history. >>> the president is speaking and answering questions at the business council dinner in d.c. obama is voicing his opinion on chuck hagel's long-awaited confirmation saying the u.s. has the secretary that our troops deserve. it was close but lawmakers did confirm hagel 58 to 41. he is scheduled to be sworn in today. that means hagel now heads into office with a
. >> straight ahead four two police gunned down while investigating a sex assault case. chuck hagel will be sworn in this morning as our next defense secretary and we have some stocks to watch. plus why the protests at a good inquiry tire plant happening? >>> welcome back to "early today." here's some stories making news this morning. >>> a bus carrying a university of maine basketball team skids off an embankment north of boston. the driver was seriously injured. the team coach was treated for cuts on his face and more than 20 others have minor injuries. >>> in illinois former state lawmaker robin kelly is the democratic nominee in a race to replace jesse jackson jr. kelly's campaign was helped by $2.5 million in ads about gun control from new york's mike bloomberg. pretty action committee. >>> chuck hagel, the new defense secretary, will be sworn in at the pentagon, the former republican senator was confirmed by a vote of 58-41. after weeks of delay by senators. >>> hundreds held a vigil in new york city last night on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old t
assistance. >> before debate on senator hagel has ended. the schedule calls for a vote this afternoon. what are the plans at the pentagon for his first days in office? what is your goal in terms of making it fully in charge and able to deal with congress after this confirmation fight? >> the steps postconfirmation are still yet to be announced. we do not want to say anything and advanced. it is confirmed that senator hagel has some of his strong commitment to get down to usiness. to get deeply invested in the work of the pentagon and its military and civilian workers. he has spent a great deal of time getting briefed on the work ahead. i cant speak for him speak to him to say that he is looking forward to leading this department if confirmed. his goal is to look to the future and secretary panetta believes that he will be an outstanding success oor. >> is he bruised by the confirmation? can he still be effective with congress? >> absolutely. senator hagel is someone who has been much of his life in the holes of the united states congress. he understands the importance of debate, including d
department is catching from other former police officers. >>> the massive budget cuts hagel faces just two days away. >>> welcome back. time now 6:15. new this morning just about a half hour ago chuck hagel was sworn in as secretary of defense. this is brand new video of hagel arriving at the pentagon. he was confirmed by the u.s. senate just yesterday after a very bitter seven week fight on capitol hill. hagel will make his first remark to defense employees two hour hours from right now. as secretary of defense his top priority will be dealing with $46 billion in budget cuts. they will kick in on friday unless congress takes action to avoid those cuts. we are hearing that more plans to avert the cuts could come out today. if congress does nothing in 48 hours, those automatic budget cuts known as sequestration become law. kyla cramp bell is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom. kyla, what are you hearing? >> reporter: senate republicans we're told are working on a plan right now. they are finalizing details and could reveal their plan later today. it's likely that any bill they put out th
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. >>> 20 minutes past the hour. time to look at top stories after a bitter confirmation chuck hagel has been sworn in as u.s. defense secretary. the ceremony took place less than 30 minutes ago at the pentagon in alexandria, virginia. hagel expected to make remarks later this hour. >>> police released photos wanted for questioning, they say 22-year-old tanesha howard was inside a black suv when shots were fired. her mother says the suspected shooter is the young woman's boyfriend. >>> the star of an iconic anti-smoking ad has died. >> they say nicotine isn't addictive. how can they say that? >> debi austin became famous to are this commercial warning others about the dangers of cigarette smoking. she died friday after a long bat well cancer. >>> the college admissions test known as the s.a.t. is getting a makeover. the college board says the new test will focus more on knowledge and skills high schoolers need to succeed in college. no word on when students will begin taking the new test. >>> talk back today, is it right for dennis rodman to be in north korea? facebook.com/carolcnn or tw
of really heat debate. the senate today at last confirmed the former senator chuck hagel as the sheriff'sext secretary of department. number of fellow republicans holding up the vote complaining he was too radical questioning positions on israel and vaughn. he is set to succeed leon panetta. first vietnam veteran and enlisted soldier ever to hold the position. mike emanuel with the news from capitol hill tonight. mike, lawmakers mostly voted along party lines, mostly. >> that's right, shep. chuck hagel will get sworn in as secretary of defense tomorrow. he says he can think of no greater privilege in the final pitch, if you will, a democratic senator reminded his republican colleagues that one day it will be a republican president trying to get folks confirmed. every dog it has its day. democratic president and democratic senate for confirmations. some day that won't be the case. >> >> of the 58 votes for chuck hagel's confirmation there were four republicans, cochran, shelby and rand paul. here is a top republican no vote. >> for that matter, senator hay gel was candid to admit there i
, the senate voted 58-41 this afternoon to confirm former nebraska senator chuck hagel as president obama's choice for secretary of defense. and that's a big talker tonight on the social media. on facebook, cindy shannon writes best wishes and about time. what a load of crap to put him through. greg white calls hagel a rarity, a republican with common sense, compassion, courage of his convictions, and a brain. and kenneth says hagel is the right man to bring the boys home. afghanistan, close it down. you can go to our facebook page right new and you can join in on the conversation. and don't forget to like the ed show when you're there. we appreciate that. >>> here she comes. congresswoman michele bachmann of minnesota gives herself high marks on her presidential run. well, of course we're going to do a fact check on that. stay with us. we're right back. >>> let's all say happy birthday to elvis presley today. happy birthday! >> welcome back to "the ed show." that was congresswoman michele bachmann of minnesota wishing elvis presley happy birthday on the anniversary of his death. congress
. and remember this? >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking. >> i think it's a lot of tough questions. >> it's difficult to imagine a circumstance where i could support his confirmation. >> soak it in. the secretary of defense hagel reporting for his first day on the job. need another example? mr. mccain and his buddy senator graham met with the president on immigration reform head. mccain said the president, quote, understands what we are dealing with. graham called it one of the best meetings i have ever had with the president. this isn't candid camera. it's senator mccain and graham. no gop reversal has been more dramatic than health care. >> we are not going to implement obama care. we are not going to expand medicaid. >> that's mr. scott, one of the eight gop governors signed on to the president's medicaid expansion. the key part of this health care will be implemented. this is progress. it hasn't been easy. at times, it's been down right messy. but you better believe, it's progress. it's a win. joining me now is richard wolffe and angela. thank you both for co
. the president's nominee to be defense secretary, former republican secretary chuck hagel was confirmed today, and will be sworn in and take over at that time pentagon. chuck hagel had the majority support, all the republicans in the senate, and the majority. it took this long to get him confirmed because republicans filibustered his nomination. nobody has ever done that before. nobody has ever before used a filibuster to block the confirmation of a cabinet nominee, ever in the history of our country, but they did it to chuck hagel. why? who knows? republicans in the senate pulled the fire alarm on this one, they broke glass in case of emergency. they did something that has never been done before in the history of the republic. and because they did it, there is now precedent for them to filibuster the next nominee. they broke glass for a nominee who in his case had bipartisan support to be confirmed. and the republicans in the senate did it in a way that didn't actually stop the confirmation. so you won nothing. but you did further break the institution where you work. there is an effort alre
u.s. senator chuck hagel set to be sworn in this morning as the new secretary of defense. the 7 week fight over the nomination ended yesterday as the senate voted 58-41 to confirm him. hagel is a republican but got the votes of only four fellow republican senators. many in the gop feel he is hostile towards israel and too soft on iran. >>> 5:17 right now. we are continuing to follow this breaking news in san francisco. a big water main break causing a mess in one neighborhood. >> 1.5 feet deep water and a lot has gone down since. >> backed up to it. we are talking about west portal neighborhood the area near 15th and wawona. look at this video incredible stuff. homes and cars flooded. use west portal in the meantime. elsewhere a live look outside overnight roadwork was picked up in oakland and san leandro. to the maps, if you are traveling westbound 580 brake lights in the eastbound direction going against the commute, possibly because of this overnight roadwork still in lanes until 11:00 this morning approaching north greenville road. else
competing bills now. the senate also today approved a new secretary of defense republican chuck hagel, the former senator from nebraska was confirmed 58-41. hagel only got four republican votes. it is stormy in washington tonight and another storm that pounded texas and oklahoma is now moving through the midwest. heavy snow is making travel nearly impossible all the way to the great lakes. more than a foot fell in kansas city. 100,000 homes and businesses lost power and dean reynolds has more. >> reporter: kansas city was buried for the second time a week. a blizzard so bad the plows got stuck. wind gusts in places reached 70 miles an hour and damaged buildings. amarillo was digging out of a one-day record on monday when 19 inches of snow fell there. wichita set a new record for the month. while two inches an hour fell on peoria. flights were canceled and passengers stranded across the nation's mid-section. but alternatives to air were perilous. whiteouts and two-foot drifts stranded cars and trucks and closed parts of an interstate in texas. at roadco transportation services in cicer
-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel is expected to be sworn in as the next secretary of defense today. only four republicans voted for hagel. >>> and for the first time, the obama administration is reportedly considering providing direct assistance to elements of the syrian opposition. secretary of state john kerry is in france today. a decision on this shift in u.s. policy is expected tomorrow when kerry attends a conference on syria in rome. kerry has been consulting with european leaders. u.s. officials say the administration is considering sending tens of millions of dollars in nonlethal assistance to the rebels fighting the assad regime. >>> the latest blast of winter weather making its way toward the great lakes. the latest storm dumped essentially inches of snow across the plains. it's being blamed for at least three deaths and has knocked out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses. teresa garcia reports. >> reporter: a major winter storm is dumping a layer of heavy wet snow on parts of the count
-offs and landings without air traffic control towers. >> former u.s. senator chuck hagel is set to be sworn in at the pentagon this morning as the new secretary of defense. the bitter seven week fight over his nomination ended yesterday as the senate voted 58-41 to confirm him. hagel by the way is a republican. but he got the votes of only 4 republican senators. many in the gop feel he is hostile towards israel and too soft on iran. >>> another swearing-in ceremony set right here in san francisco. that's for the two women who will assume new leadership roles in the government. mayor ed lee has appointed katie tan go. as the city's newest supervisor and replaces carmen chiu who is the new assessor recorder. both will be sworn in at their new posts later this morning. >>> and public safety and job creation in oakland will be highlighted in the state of the city address. jean quan is expected to highlight the city gaining 5,000 jobs over the last year as well as the booming housing market in oakland. she delivers her second annual address at city hall at 7:
. >>> happening right now a couple minutes ago chuck hagel arriving at the pentagon for his first day of work. we'll take you live there this morning. we understand he has just arrived there. this is after a seven week fight. the senate voted to -- this is a live picture now outside the pentagon there in virginia. hagel will take the oath of office this morning and will make his first remarks to defense employees just about three hours from now. >>> time now 4:38. just two days before massive automatic cuts. there are no signs of a compromise deal to avoid those cuts. president obama toured a shipyard in virginia yesterday where the navy has delayed schedule of a maintenance air carrier. the $85 billion across the board budget cuts are due to begin on friday and effect a variety of government officials. >>> this morning dozens of people in oakland are back in their homes after a leaking propane tank prompted an evacuation. firefighters were called around 7:00 last night. they say a propane thank had rusted through. firefighters say their biggest concern was making sure leaking propane didn't catc
. >> felt like i was in "the wizard of oz" for a second. >>> chuck hagel sworn in as defense secretary. >> he's finally arriving at the pentagon for his first day at work. >>> watered down bud light? a class action lawsuit. >> seems like a face plant. >> his career is blown right now. >> number one goes down, minnesota knocks off indiana! >> you are the worst excuse for a journalist i have ever seen. >> i am a what? i can't hear you. >> you heard me. >> and all that matters. >> they'll confiscate his gold ring, take away his cape and also his red shoes. same thing that happened to me when i left nbc. >> on "cbs this morning." >> when a new pontiff is elected there will be two popes living just a few yards away from each other here in vatican city. >> it's going to be chaos, which pope do you bow to and which one do you go, s'up? >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." st. peter's square was packed this morning for pope benedict's final public audience. benedict steps down tomorrow. >> the pope acknowledged difficult times during his papacy but told his people he has great tru
chuck hagel, is makes his first remarks to the pentagon employees. >> the great nation and the tremendous force for food that america is. i want toking a knowledge much -- i want to acknowledge much of our leadership here today, specifically, we have the deputy secretary of defense ash carter who was here chairman, joint chiefs, we have the staff of the army. makes me shake a little. sergeant -- [laughter] >> these are live pictures. chuck hagel speaking live at the pentagon. first remarks to the employees there. now we also want to show you some new video of hagel arriving at the pentagon this morning. hagel was confirmed by the senate just yesterday after a bitter seven-week fight on capitol hill. just four republicans joined republicans in backing the -- the democrats in backing the confirmation. president obama calls hagel the defense secretary the nation needs and the leader our troops deserve. >>> what's moving. markets higher this morning? new disturbing information on the alleged gunman in the santa cruz shooting. >>> first it was the island of lanai and now lar
he's meeting with some on the right face to face. plus hagel at the helm after weeks of delay but no delay in getting to work today. he is on the job. our power panel is going to weigh in on that coming up. today's big question to you. do you think section 5 of the voting rights act has or has not outlived its legitimacy? tweet your answers to thomas a. roberts. find us on face boochblgt [ dog barking ] ♪ [ female announcer ] life is full of little tests, but bounty basic can handle them. in this lab demo one select-a-size sheet of bounty basic is 50% stronger than one full sheet of the leading bargain brand. bring it. bounty basic. there's no subtext... just tacos. yeah, it's our job to make you want it. but honestly... it's not that hard. old el paso. when you gotta have mexican. . >>> taking you straight to washington, d.c. where they are about to unveil the statue of rosa parks. you can see president obama with his hands on the string right now and there we have it. >> ladies -- [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, the statue of rosa parks. >> certainly a monumental mor
confirmed chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense, ending weeks of delay. his nomination bitterly split the senate with republican lawmakers say in their former colleague was too critical of israel and to compromising on iran. the world's major powers have offered the world some relief from crippled -- crippling economic sanctions. if it scales back on its nuclear program, tonight, talks in context don over to ron have not helped in that endeavor. stressed diplomacy can still resolve this nuclear standoff. can it? dennis is with us. really takings place because the alternative is worse? think there is an advantage to having diplomacy solved it, if in fact, it can solve it. resolutions byle the iaea, asking them -- not asking, but mandating that they stop. they are not stopping. and the world has put a lot of pressure on the iranians, clearly, through increasing the economic pressures that do have an impact there, but they have not had an effect on iran's behavior on its nuclear program yet. is there a diplomatic way out? oneapproach on the 5 plus was to say, we are prepared to offer you
hagel, was confirmed today by a 58-41 vote in the senate. he's a former republican senator from nebraska, though some of his roughest treatment was at the hands of fellow republicans. when he walks into the pentagon as the new secretary of defense, he will be the first vietnam veteran to have that job. he still carries shrapnel with him from combat, where he earned two purple hearts. >>> now to the weather, as another big storm pounds the plains and the midwest. you can see it is a huge system, as it sweeps across the country now from west to east. it has dumped more than two feet of snow outside denver. it's caused blizzard conditions through kansas, missouri, oklahoma, and they're having a genuine, classic winter evening in chicago. that's where we find weather channel meteorologist eric fisher on michigan avenue tonight. eric, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. we're not seeing those up to hurricane-force gusts that we had across the plains that wreaked havoc yesterday, but we are seeing that same heavy, wet snow that's left over 100,000 people without electricity. in wic
the numbers and show us some of the real people who could actually be affected. >>> it's official, chuck hagel will be our next defense secretary. senate voted to approve the former two-term republican senator from nebraska. most republicans oppose the move saying he was overly critical of israel. but in the end four republicans joined democrats in backing president obama's nominee. hagel will succeed pineta who is stepping down after four years. >>> san francisco mayor ed lee introduced a replacement for out going supervisor carmen chu today. >> secretary of state following hillary clinton, i have big heels to fill. >> the mayor appointed carmen chu's long time legislative aid to tang over as the new supervisor for district 4. mayor lee said he made the decision after talking to people in the outer sun set district and other candidates. >> came to the conclusion that we have one of the finest, smartest legislative aids, someone who knows city hall, knows the workings of the board. >> mayor lee is giving her a new role as the city's assessor recorder. she will be sworn in tomorrow. >>> the res
hagel will be america's next defense secretary. nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with world tonight. >>> a stall by republicans earlier this month, hagel a former republican senator had resistance from his own party and were unhappy with his back and forth on the iraq war and his stance on israel and iran. one person for sure happy with today's news, outgoing defense secretary leon pa nnetta. he wasn't able to step down until a new defense secretary was in place. panetta is back at his carmel valley home tonight. >>> a fragile truce in jeopardy after a rocket was fired into southern israel. no one was hurt but the attack puts a three-month ceasefire on thin ice. militants say they fired the rocket in retaliation for what they call the torturous death of a palestinian prisoner who died in israeli custody over the weekend. israel said an exact cause of death could not be determined and says the bruising and broken ribs of the prisoner may have been caused by resus nation efforts not torture. >>> it terrifying video of a hot air balloon crash in egypt which killed tourists. the balloon
a good job. >>> hagel has been confirmed. many republicans opposed hagel's nomination because of comments he made about iran. >>> statewide 54% of those asked say they favor legalizing marijuana but with the same kind of restrictions as alcohol. 43% oppose legalizing marijuana. in the bay area though, 66% approved. now back in 1969 when this question was first asked just 13% of california voters approved of legalizing marijuana statewide. >>> a large number of californians 67% oppose the federal crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries. 27% favor it and 58% favor the idea of allowing dispensaries in their cities or towns. >>> the coast guard called off its massive search for a 29- foot sailboat with four people that was said to be missing off the coast of monday -- of monterey. questions are being raised now about whether it was just a hoax. ktvu's ken wayne asked coast guard officials about that now and he joins us now in the newsroom with what they said. >> reporter: the coast guard told me that they are still treating this as a serious case. this coast guard chart show
but they are more interested in continuity and they believe carmen chu has done a good job. >>> hagel has been confirmed. many republicans opposed hagel's nomination because of comments he made about iran. >>> statewide 54% of those asked say they favor legalizing marijuana but with the same kind of restrictions as alcohol. 43% oppose legalizing marijuana. in the bay area though, 66% approved. now back in 1969 when this question was first asked just 13% of california voters approved of legalizing marijuana statewide. >>> a large number of californians 67% oppose the federal crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries. 27% favor it and 58% favor the idea of allowing dispensaries in their cities or towns. >>> the coast guard called off its massive search for a 29- foot sailboat with four people that was said to be missing off the coast of monday -- of monterey. questions are being raised now about whether it was just a hoax. ktvu's ken wayne asked coast guard officials about that now and he joins us now in the newsroom with what they said. >> reporter: the coast guard told me that they are st
right now chuck hagel is due to arrive at the pentagon for his first day of work as secretary of defense. we're looking at live pictures right now. obviously that is the parking lot right outside the pentagon. a lot of cars filling up there. after a seven week political fight, the senate voted yesterday to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. he will take the oath of office this morning. then he'll make his first remark to defense department employees in just about three hours from right now. and just two days before massive automatic federal spending cuts are due to kick in no signs this morning of a compromised deal to avoid those cuts. coming up at 5:15 house speaker john boehner very harsh criticism of his senate colleagues for what they say they have not done. >>> let's check back in with sal for a look at traffic. how does it look? >> it looks pretty good. we're off to a nice start. this wednesday, middle of the week. we are getting more people. usually doesn't get really crowded until about 5:30. at the toll plaza we usually don't see a big crowd until 6:00. we have a little
of the united states. chuck hagel was sworn in today as secretary of defense. hagel was approved after seven-week fight. this is a picture, he is a republican senator, the first enlisted man to rise to pentagon chief. one of the senate's chief proponents of stricter gun control says a ban on some kind of weapons is more urgent now than ever. correspondent doug mckelway reports not surprisingly, not everyone sees it that way. >> 157 type of assault weapons and magazines holding over ten rounds would be baned under senator feinstein's bill. today's hearing was stackedwiths including a sandy hook father. >> looks at the eyes and the end of the barrel. jesse didn't run, jesse didn't turn his back. that was the fatal shot that killed jesse. >> the hearing, part of the all-out message is the sandy hook slaughter. >> the excuse that is too politically risky to act is no longer acceptable. >> but the desire to act at the federal level produced a big backlash in the states. seven states are taking action to ease or block new gun control measures. in illinois, the state legislature begun a series of v
. the senate confirm chuck hagel to be the new defense secretary. jack lew passed through committee to head the treasury. we like to hear your thoughts this morning. here are the numbers to call. host: you can join the conversation on twitter, twitter.com/cspanwj. or join the conversation on facebook, facebook.com/cspan. let's look at some of the headlines. "usa today." "the president and republicans jousted again yesterday." host: the headline on the story from "the new york times.' republicans are calling the impact overstated and citing spending as a key issue. here is what americans are saying. "the wall street journal" has a new poll. you can see the breakdown of numbers on the opinions of what each is opposing it to do. a 29% approval rating in terms of the sequester. 57% disagree with what the republicans are doing. 1/5 of respondents do think sequester cuts are a good idea. "austerity has killed off government jobs," says "the new york times." host: looking at some other stories. this from "usa today." host: here is another headline about the misuse of power. we like to hear your th
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